More People Still Moving to Coasts

Despite threats from hurricanes and rising seas.
July 23, 2019

Despite threats from hurricanes and rising seas, populations continue to swell along the U.S. coast. Counties along the country’s vulnerable coastlines, including South Florida, have continued to grow in population, according the U.S. Census, which published estimates of population changes from 2010 to 2018. Most counties bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast gained more residents in the previous eight years, according to the data.

The Atlantic coastline has grown by about four million people since 2010, bringing the total population of the area to about 60 million, or about 18 percent of the total U.S. population. That’s a seven percent increase in coastal populations, higher than the country’s overall population growth of six percent during the same period.

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